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Optimizing the documentation

The community has spent a lot of time optimizing features over the years. Excellent examples include parallel query and partitioning which have been multi-year efforts to increase the quality, performance, and extend features of the original commit. We should consider the documentation in a similar manner. Just like code, documentation can sometimes use a bug fix, optimization, and/or new features added to the original implementation.

Technical documentation should only …

Null Characters: Workarounds Aren’t Good Enough

By Anders Cornell, Jr. DBA

PostgreSQL is a great piece of software. Its features are well-designed, and they compose elegantly. It’s among the most versatile and reliable software I've ever used and its comprehensive superiority over other relational database products leads me to think of PostgreSQL as the data-store that can do anything. But today I'm here to discuss something that PostgreSQL can't do: handle null characters (also known …


I am on the phone with Eric Ridge of ZomboDB and PGX fame. We chat often on the People, Postgres, Data Discord server (yes you should join) and we have unofficial “we are human so we get on the phone” calls about twice a month. The calls are generally about PostgreSQL and the awesome Open Source projects he is building around our famed database. However, on this call I got a question I don’t normally get: how good is your SQL?

Meet Justin Graf: Command Prompt's Offgrid Aficionado

Welcome to our blog series: Meet the Team, where we will introduce you to the minds behind Command Prompt. This month we are talking with Justin Graf, DBA.


How long have you been with Command Prompt?

I started in March 2020, but I’d known about Command Prompt since 2004/05. At the time I was looking for a new ERP/MRP package for the company that I was working …

How to add seconds to a timestamp to get an ending timestamp?

Command Prompt is one of the oldest Postgres support companies in the world and we have been blessed to be extremely busy with Professional community development including meetups and conferences. With the current climate we thought it would also be useful to remind people of “Simple Tips”. Simple tips will help new users of Postgres and related technologies to answer those pesky little questions that are in the back of …

Hacking on PostgreSQL snap at Snapcraft Summit 2018

As you may know, Command Prompt, Inc. develops and maintains PostgreSQL snap packages as a service to community. If you used it, you also know that unfortunately it is not yet a drop-in replacement for DEB builds distributed via PGDG APT repository.

PostgreSQL is one of the major open source projects out there that is extremely popular with all sorts of crowds: from enthusiasts to unicorn startups. And as the …

Is it time for a newbie-hacker mentor for PostgreSQL.org?

At PostgresConf US 2018, Bruce Momjian, Grant Zhou, and I had a meeting to discuss potential opportunities for the Chinese PostgreSQL community to participate in the wider International community, including submitting patches to PostgreSQL.Org. Then at Postgres Open China the International Consultants Committee had a meeting to discuss more opportunities in depth. Between the two meetings there were a lot of ideas but one opportunity that was considered needs …

Went to Bejing for Postgres Open China and China Open Source, Open Source World

I spent the week of June 25th in Bejing, China with the outstanding Chinese Open Source and Postgres Communities. I was there to speak atboth Postgres Open China and the China Open Source World conferences as well as participate in a Chinese Open Source panel and the International Consultants committee meeting, of which I am the President. This was my first trip to Asia and it was amazing. The Chinese …

The 401 on Silicon Valley Postgres

August 2017

We launched the Silicon Valley Postgres Meetup.

March 6th, 2018

We have reached 401 members in what is proving to be one of the fastest growing Postgres meetups in the United States. We launched the meetup along with Vancouver B.C., Denver, Salt Lake City, and Phoenix.

Between these and other meetups we help organize such as New York, Philly, and Dallas, we are reaching more people than …

Connection Initiation Overhead is Killing Your Web App - Use a Connection Pool

Customers often ask us what is the correct setting for max_connections on their PostgreSQL cluster?  There is a short answer to this question, and there is a very, very long answer. The short answer is: accept the default if that works for you, or try 10 times the number of CPU cores and see if that works ok.

There is another short answer which is: you may be asking …